Japanese indie rock invades Vancouver
Japan grabbed me in a way I had not experienced for many years. Since visiting last autumn, I’ve been aching to go back.
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However, last night Japan came to me.
Next Music from Tokyo is the brainchild of Toronto anaesthesiologist Steven Tanaka, who puts together this microfestival by himself. This is the sixth year of the cross-Canada tour, and my first. I cannot recommend Next Music from Tokyo enough, even though I understood less than 1% of the lyrics. The musicianship was superb, and the energy electric.
My photos from the show weren’t all that great: all I had to shoot with was my duct-taped Nexus 4. However, I shoot photos the way that Nate Dogg suggested smoking weed, i.e. every day. So here are a few images.
Here’s Emi Ohki, vocalist and bassist of 宇宙コンビニ (Uchu Conbini). She is so awesome.
Here’s Sato, guitarist and vocalist of きのこ帝国 (Kinoko Teikoku), showing Vancouverites how it’s done across the Pacific.
Here’s Shigeaki Taniguchi, bassist of きのこ帝国 (Kinoko Teikoku), doing a last-minute tune before facing the crowd.
A perhaps-too-artsy image of Jizue in action.